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Keynote Speaker

Ken Shigematsu

Ken Shigematsu is the Senior Pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, BC, one of the largest and most diverse city-centre churches in Canada. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded to Canadians in recognition for their outstanding contribution to the country. Before entering pastoral ministry, he worked for the Sony Corporation in Tokyo. Ken is the author of the award-winning, international bestsellers, God in My Everything, and Survival Guide for the Soul and his recently released book (May 2023) Now I Become Myself. Ken lives in Vancouver with his wife, Sakiko, and their son, Joey.

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Connect with God and one another

Our time together is structured around connection – with God and one another. We’ll spend time in reflection and worship, hearing from our keynote speaker, learning from workshop facilitators, and connecting with peers in both structured and unstructured ways. Kentro Christian Network will also be holding our annual general meeting during the conference, as well as hosting an opening reception, and special dinner for attendees.

Click below for the outline agenda or here for workshops at-a-glance!


Gage Conferences & Suites, UBC

UBC is only 25 minutes by car to downtown or the airport. The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is Canada’s second busiest airport. The city centre is easily accessible by public transit with many bus routes offering frequent service.

UBC is situated on Vancouver’s west side, surrounded by temperate rainforest and sandy beaches. UBC’s natural setting is complemented by nearby shops and restaurants located within walking distance of guest rooms and meeting space. UBC’s vibrant neighbourhood has quality community services such as banks, restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacy, libraries, campus attractions, and recreation.

The University features the Museum of Anthropology, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Botanical Gardens, and plenty of other great attractions. UBC also offers an Aquatic Centre with Olympic-sized indoor pool, the University Golf Club, and other athletic facilities available to the public. Vancouver’s best hiking trails and beaches are located right on campus throughout the Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

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Accommodation is not included in your conference registration, but we have secured a room block at Gage Suites, conveniently located just across the street from our venue. Gage Suites has premium private studio rooms with a queen bed, work desk, fully equipped kitchen with appliances, telephone, flat panel TV and private washroom with shower (no bathtub).

For more information on Gage Suites and other nearby accommodation options, click the button below.

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